Utica Shale

Tower for drilling horizontally into the Marcellus Shale Formation for natural gas, from Pennsylvania Route 118 in eastern Moreland Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, USA
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On West Virginia Morning, more recordings made by ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship are played for jurors in his trial on conspiring to violate federal mine safety laws.  Also, officials in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania sign a natural gas production pact.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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West Virginia has joined Ohio and Pennsylvania in an effort to grow the shale gas industry on a regional level. An agreement solidifying that partnership was signed Tuesday, Oct. 13, in Morgantown.

The agreement spells out four main areas that the three states will work together on to grow the natural gas industry: Marketing, workforce development, infrastructure and research.

Watch the Tri-State Shale Summit, a collaborative effort on behalf of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia to bring together industry leaders to facilitate a discussion on the opportunities in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions.

A study released earlier this week about the potential of the Utica Shale formation was met with praise from the Consumer Energy Alliance. But the West Virginia Sierra Club doesn’t share that enthusiasm.

 

The Utica Shale Play Book Study released on Tuesday says there may be 20 times as much recoverable gas and twice as much recoverable oil in the Utica Shale formation as was previously thought.

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On West Virginia Morning, Jesse Wright reports on reaction to a new study about the potential of developing the Utica Shale formation.  And Ashton Marra talks with a journalist and author who focuses on women working in STEM fields.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


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On West Virginia Morning, a settlement between a gas company and the Public Service Commission might lead to lower gas bills for customers.  Also, the United Mine Workers union has filed an objection to Patriot Coal’s bankruptcy plan with includes large bonuses for executives.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.

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A study released Tuesday, July 14, at a workshop in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, shows there may be 20 times more recoverable natural gas in the Utica Shale and surrounding hydrocarbon-rich formations than previously thought.

 

While a 2012 study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey estimated that 38 trillion cubic feet of natural gas could be extracted from the Utica Shale reservoir using existing technology, Tuesday’s study puts that number at 782 Tcf.

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  Natural gas production in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle has soared as drilling has increased in the Marcellus and Utica shales.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reports that state data show natural gas production in Ohio County jumped from 84,000 cubic feet in 2011 to 22.6 billion cubic feet in 2013.

Wetzel County's production jumped from 9.6 billion cubic feet in 2009 to 114.7 billion cubic feet in 2013.

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Dominion Resources officially announced a new partnership Tuesday that will pump billions of cubic feet of natural gas a day out of West Virginia. That is if a federal regulatory commission approves the project.

The nearly $5 billion project has Dominion Resources teaming up with North Carolina’s Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas as well as Atlanta-based AGL Resources to lay 550 miles of pipeline.

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Oil and natural gas companies with Marcellus Shale operations in the Northern Panhandle are turning their attention more and more to the underlying Utica Shale.